(Closed) Paid Maternity Leave

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have paid mat leave (55%), but I’m in Canada, and it is paid for by the government/ my EI contributions.

I think depending on your company, asking for paid mat-leave might not be realistic. I know of very few that offer something like that. Has anyone in the company had that before? How long would you be asking for the paid leave?

Post # 3
12339 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We don’t have paid materity leave, any pay we get is through short term disabiltiy coverage and our own vacation time.

Post # 4
30400 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Canada:52 Weeks -17 weeks maternity leave and 35 weeks parental leave which can be taken by either parent,  paid at 55% of pre- leave earnings to a maximum amount of $514 per week.

In my particular case, our earnings are topped up to 100% by the employer because it was negotiated in our collective agreement.

Post # 5
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m sure you’re aware already but the laws make it so that you are protected in this scenario, by FMLA, but it doesn’t require payment by employers.

My employer provides short term disability so for an actual birth, we get 6-8 weeks at 66% of our normal pay depending on the type of birth.

But no paid maternity leave beyond that, though we could use our vacation in conjunction with that.

Post # 6
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I work for a government agency in the US and get 0 paid maternity. We are allowed to use whatever vacation and sick time we have saved up. If an employee don’t have much saved, that’s the employee’s problem.

Post # 7
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m in the US.  My office provides six weeks of paid maternity leave and I’m able to take an additional 10 weeks off using my vacation, sick leave and short term disability.  FMLA typically allows you to take off 12 weeks unpaid.  If you are already signed up for short term disability, it will typically pay you a percentage of your salary.  

Fortunately I have enough vacation and sick time that I will receive my full salary for the four months while I am out.

Post # 8
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

US– government. I get 0 maternity leave. For adoption, you can take up to 12 weeks off either unpaid or vacation. For vaginal birth, up to 6 weeks of sick leave and the rest vacation/unpaid, and for a C-section 8 weeks up to 8 weeks of sick leave and the rest vacation/unpaid. 

So yes, my adopting coworker could not use any of her 16 weeks of acrued sick leave and had to take all of it with vacation (she only had 2 weeks) and unpaid.

Post # 9
600 posts
Busy bee

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PumpkinSpiceChai:  I get 6 months paid. The government pay around €200 a week and my employer tops it up to my salary. There’s an option to extend into unpaid leave for an extra 3 months. Most women I know take the full 9 months leave just have to save hard to cover the unpaid months. Some employers don’t top of your salary so you would get the govt pay out of €200 a week which is about $260. I work for a large multinational so I am lucky that I get paid leave a lot of smaller companies don’t top up. There is a stipulation though that you have to return to work for 6 months post may leave or you have to repay your maternity leave pay. And also you have to have a gap of 12 months pack working to qualify for amother paid mat leave term. That’s just my employers t and c’s though most companies varies. 

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Post # 11
171 posts
Blushing bee

There is really no amount of paid leave that is reasonable to ask for. In the US it is pretty rare to have specific maternity/parental leave. I am fortunate to work for a company now that offers 160 hours to be taken in the first 6 months after birth/adoption, but that is rare, no other company I worked for offers anything beyond Accumulated vacation, and STD. My current company offers it as they are actively trying to attract young professionals, and this is the type of benefit that would appeal to 20/30 somethings

Unless there is something specifically written into your contract or benefits package asking for anything to be paid beyond your Vacation and STD is a bit crazy, why would they pay you more than agreed upon for time you aren’t working. Negotiating flexible hours, telecommuting, or additional unpaid time (above and beyond FMLA) are all reasonable things if your position and value to the company warrant it. However if you are not in a position where it would be reasonable to negotiate more vacation time then it doesn’t make sense to negotiate paid maternity leave.

Post # 13
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

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PumpkinSpiceChai:  Unfortunately, paid meternity leave in the US is up to your employer. Unpaid, per FMLA, is 12 weeks.


Post # 14
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would think you would be entitled to the same amount of time/benefits as a woman who was pregnant and had a baby at your office.  Depending on your job, you might not qualify for FMLA.  Also, I think you can get STD (if your company doesn’t provide any) privately, but I’m not sure how long it takes to kick in or if it would work on adoptions.


I get 12 weeks full pay and that is HIGHLY uncommon and I feel very lucky.

Post # 15
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My office offers maternity leave, and it’s the same whether its a birth or an adoption (though it’s only for MAternity leave, if a gay male couple adopts, he’d get nothing if he worked where I do).  Best of luck!

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